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As true blue, “Baby Blue” George Strait fans, we’ve loved watching all the young guns of country music, from both his home state of Texas and Music City in Nashville, pour in to help promote the release of George’s new album, “Strait Out of the Box: Part 2.”

Jon Pardi, Cody Johnson, Aaron Watson, Randy Rogers, Casey Donahew, Kevin Fowler… they all came in fast and furious, and we were scrambling to catch them all. But one slipped past us when it popped up right before the release of the 56-song collection on Nov. 18, and we have to re-visit it, because it’s a favorite song by a favorite Texas artist.


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Known for his gritty, whiskey-soaked vocals and his well-crafted songs, Waco, Texas native Wade Bowen went way back to 1982 for his favorite chart-topping George Strait song, “A Fire I Can’t Put Out,” recording it with his band right on the tour bus.

While the song was a No. 1 single for the King of Country Music, it isn’t one you often hear even on heritage country playlists, so it’s a super sweet treat to hear this talented young country star put his unique voice on the classic. “A Fire I Can’t Put Out” is the last single released on George’s second album, “Strait From the Heart” and was only his second ever No. 1.

Wade finishes the song hailing George as the King and adds, “Always will be.”

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If Wade’s name sounds familiar, you may recognize it from the incredibly popular “Hold My Beer and Watch This” tours with his pal, Randy Rogers; however, he also has his own very successful solo career. Wade has released six studio albums of original material, one live project recorded at the legendary Billy Bob’s Texas, a collection of inspirational music, and two collaborations with Randy. And one of the best things about him is that he’s as nice, funny and generous as he is talented. He and his family have established the Bowen Family Foundation to assist children and charities in need in Waco and surrounding communities.

And don’t forget! George is nominated for a Rare Country Award! You can find find him in the male vocalist of the year category. Cast your vote at RareCountryAwards.com.

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